Friday, November 17, 2017

The Sewing Workshop Bristol Dress

Hi everyone!  It's been awhile since my last post so here goes!  

This is The Sewing Workshop's Bristol Dress.  All three of these knit fabrics were from my stash.  The circle print I purchased at Truro Fabrics in Truro, England last year while on vacation.  The plain gray has been in the stash for awhile and the black crinkle fabric came from this year's sewing garage sale.

I made a size Small, but I think I should have made the XSmall version instead.  There is alot of ease in this dress - as you can see in the photo below - that's why I added the belt.  Now - if I were visiting an all-you-can-eat buffet, then this dress would be perfect as it would allow for multiple trips to the buffet and the stomach expansion thereafter.  However, since I don't tend to eat at such establishments, it's a bit roomy for my liking.

It's hard to see in this photo, but there are no side seams on the dress so taking it in proves to be a bit of a challenge.  I might sew some rather large fisheye darts to each side, or, I could just leave it as is and continue to wear it with the belt.  We'll see if I'm in the mood for altering in the future.....

I'm not sure about the back view - it's lookin kinda sketchy back there. 

I wore this dress to work the other day and had a friend snap this pic.  I knew the dress was quite roomy along the bustline, but I didn't realize just how much until I saw this picture.  Just look at all of that room!  Also - it's funny how the gray fabrics match perfectly indoors, yet when venturing outdoors, the solid gray seems to be just a shade different.

I do love the neckline though and the top yoke.  Of course when I had finished the dress, it looked a bit plain to me so I added these buttons along the neckline.  I like how they pair so well with the circle print fabric. 

All in all - an ok dress - just not as fitted as I normally wear.  The pattern comes with a top version as well so I might make that up in the XSmall size and see if it makes a difference.

On with the stashbustin stats!
Yardage for this dress = 2 yards
Total YTD = 75.41

Will I make it to 100 yards sewn this year?  Time will tell!  With only 1.5 months left to the year and 25 yards to go - it's looking pretty slim, but I'll still try!

Happy sewing everyone!